Fisk Commitment to
Fisk University is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and living community that is free from harassment, violence, and prohibited discrimination. Consistent with this commitment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in any of the institution’s programs or activities, Fisk University has developed this comprehensive Sexual Misconduct Policy. Further, Fisk conducts extensive education and awareness programs with the goal of preventing and discouraging sexual violence and other forms of Sexual Misconduct.
If you feel you have been subjected to sexual misconduct or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. Report an incident of sexual misconduct, or contact the Counseling Center and/or Campus Safety.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Consent is something that is informed, voluntary, and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. There is no consent when there is force, express or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress are used. Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over another person may be a factor in determining consent. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Past consent to sexual activity with another person does not imply ongoing future consent with that person or consent to that same sexual activity with another person. There is no exception to the necessity to obtain another’s consent to engage in sexual activity, each time.
Consent will not be deemed present when there is no clear expression of consent given, verbal or nonverbal. Consent is not present in circumstances where the individual is unable to give it freely or voluntarily such as when a person is incapacitated as a result of alcohol or drug use, when they are passed out or less than fully conscious for any reason, isolated, confined, asleep or feel threatened.
Intoxication is never a defense to Sexual Misconduct under this policy. When either the Complainant or the Respondent is alleged to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, whether consent existed is based on whether a reasonable person similarly situated to the Respondent, in the context in which the Sexual Misconduct occurred, would have known or should have known about the impact of the use of alcohol or drugs on another’s ability to give consent.
Our program's goal is to reduce the incidence of sexual and relationship violence on campus by training participants to intervene in safe and creative ways, rather than standing aside as passive bystanders.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact any of these offices for more information:
Title IX Coordinator/Investigator Carnegie Hall firstname.lastname@example.org 615.329.8680 office 615.438.4942 cell
Natara K. Garvin, Ed.D
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Engagement Title IX Investigator Office of Student Engagement email@example.com 615.329.8635 office
Department of Human Resources Suite 111 Cravath Hall Office: 615.329.8712